3 Year Old Boy Boy Runs Away from Grandmother while Shopping:
That could have been a newspaper headline 20 years ago
It is so easy to lose a child in a crowd or busy shopping center.
I remember when I was looking after my two young grand sons at a large shopping center . One was a baby in a pusher, the other a mischeivious 3 year old who walked along beside. We had finished the shopping and were loaded up with parcels when the we decided it was time to go to Mackas for a treat.
Everything was fine till the 3 year old took off toward a large Target store. I quickly gathered up all the shopping and ran with the pusher and parcels to where I thought I would find him.
There were two security officers standing at the door so I asked if a small boy had entered the store. "Yes just a minute ago was,' the reply, " he went that way." "Then please block him if he goes to leave the store" I pleaded. I went to the toy section of the store and found him there quite unaware of the trauma he had caused me. I was petrified that somebody may have abducted him or that he might wander out into the street before I found him . I was frantic and very anxious . I bent down and gave him a slap around the legs and said with it " don't you ever do that again!" I felt like every eye was on me, as if I were an abusive grandmother but I felt I had to instill the message in this child that it was not OK to run off.
So Yes I do know how easy it is to lose track of a child and I know first hand the anxiety it causes for those looking after them. ,
Parenting is difficult enough so anything that can reduce the pressure has to be a good investment.
We did not have GPS devices then, at least not like we do now. I would definitely invest in one of these.
What is the value of your childs life?
What is the price of extreme anxiety for the parent?